If you’re curious on knowing what is so special about tomato lycopene, well there are a few reasons that make this substance special. Just like the title mentions lycopene is common in tomato products, watermelons, carrots and is a bright red carotene. Carotenes are responsible for photosynthesis, which is the ability of a plant to turn sunlight into usable energy.
One thing that makes this nutrient special is the fact that some big studies link consuming lycopene with a decreased chance of prostate cancer.
Keep in mind that this is the most common type of cancer with men over the age of 65. Also about 1 in 6 men will get this disease in their lifetime.
Harvard University in the U.S. did a study in the middle of the 1990’s with nearly 50 thousand men. In the study they discovered that men who consumed 10 or more servings of tomato products a week had a lower chance of getting prostate cancer by nearly 35 percent.
Another reason that makes lycopene a great nutrient to consume is the fact that it can reduce cholesterol in a person.
Do you know what the number one cause of death in the U.S. is? Well, its heart disease and it is directly related to high cholesterol. The important thing to know about cholesterol is that there is a good kind HDL and a bad kind LDL. Not only can lycopene reduce total cholesterol it can also reduce the bad kind called LDL.
Around fourteen studies have proved that between 25 and 40 milligrams of lycopene can do as much to lower cholesterol as the most used prescription drugs.
Other benefits of this herb are reducing the chance of macular degeneration, reducing the chance of other cancers such as skin and lungs. It can also increase the sperm count in men, decrease the chance of diabetes, osteoporosis, clean someone’s system from toxins and much more.
Sure someone can get this vitamin through eating 10 pizzas a week or consuming that much spaghetti but there will probably be some bad side effects such as weight gain. For this reason I do take a supplement to get the help that lycopene can give someone.
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